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Leadership Tangipahoa

Press Releases

Date Press Release
12/7/2010

Amanda L. Sharp's Letter to the Editor on City Hidden Treasures Session

For Immediate Release:                                                       12/7/10
Contact:                                                                                 Stacey Neal
                                                                                                985-549-3160
                                                                                                info@haeidd.org

Amanda L. Sharp's Letter to the Editor on Hidden Treasures Session

As a 2011 class member of Leadership Tangipahoa we met the 3rd Thursday of every month and learn about the wonderful area we live in and what it has to offer. Our last meeting was Thursday, November 18th, 2010 and we started the day at 8:00 am at the Tangipahoa Parish Tourist Commission in the Ed Hoover Jr. Conference Room. We had a great speaker and host, Betty Stewart and Emily McKneely. They informed us on the history, funding sources, evolvement with the community, and uses of the new facility off Wardline road. As we ended our meeting at the Commission building, we headed over to the Southeastern Louisiana University Library where we were granted by Dr. Samuel Hyde. Dr. Hyde is over the Center for Southeast Louisiana Studies which is on the 3rd floor of the library. He gave an amazing and interesting speech on how the West Florida Parishes are so unique which include East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, and West Feliciana parishes. The next stop of the day was at the African American Heritage Museum and Veterans Archives where Dr. George Perkins and Mrs. Lou Greiner gave us an informative and enthusiastic guide of the museum. The museum has lots of unique artifacts and beautiful murals. After touring the very artistic museum we visited the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. We were greeted at the front gate by Alvin Brumfield, founder and marketing director, as well as Richard Hight, founder and operator, of this festival. They gave us a brief history on how the Renaissance Festival came to Louisiana; then, we toured the festival and even got to meet Queen Elizabeth. After learning about the history, cultural, and art this wonderful area we at lunch at Gina’s Café and would like to thank Reggie Martin and his staff for the wonderful food and service. After eating some amazing Italian cuisine, we headed to Amato’s Winery in Independence where we were enjoyed a tasting by The Amato’s and Patricia. The winery produces 9 different types of wine, my favorite being the Blackberry. The last stop of the day which was a great way to finish the day off was at the new Louisiana Discovery Museum in Hammond. Patti Tregle gave us a speech about the museum and then we were able to enjoy every aspect of the museum as if we were kids. It is definitely something this area needed. Leadership Tangipahoa is a wonderful program to be part and I am so grateful to be able to take part in this program. Since I have been part of Leadership Tangipahoa I have meet lots of people and learned some very valuable information about our community. I would like to give a Big Thanks to all of sponsors

Amanda L. Sharp, CIC
Emery & James, LTD.
Gohres Insurance
300 E. Morris Ave.
Hammond, LA 70403